Swimming Pools


​Call us today on 07 885 0739,

Email us on pools@southwaikato.govt.nz

Come in and visit us at 5 Torphin Cresent Tokoroa 3420

View our fees and charges here, our swim programmes he​r​e, and seasonal pools here

Indoor Pools Calendar

Follow this link to the Indoor Pools timetable.

The South Waikato Indoor Pool Complex

The South Waikato Indoor Swimming Pool Complex was built in 1995 and officially opened on 11 February 1996. The doors did however, really open in December 1995!

This complex consists of a main 25 metre by 13.3 metre pool with six lanes. However, provision for eight lanes is provided through extra lane anchors. The depth of the main pool varies from 1.05 metres to 2.2 metres. A tiered leisure pool with graduated depths up to a maximum depth of 0.9 metres consists of a sloping beach entry, waterfalls and bubble jets. There is also a hot spa and exercise spa pool adjacent to one another. The main pool is heated to 29 degrees during winter, the leisure pools are 33 degrees while the spa pool is a relaxing 39 degrees! Other facilities include a community room, a children's outdoor play area and BBQ and picnic surrounds adjacent to the building. For the rules of use follow this link.

The South Waikato Indoor Swimming Pool Complex offers a wide range of programmes and activities which are designed for everyone's fun and enjoyment.

These include:

  • Learn to Swim
  • Adult Learn to Swim
  • Swim Academy
  • Water Woggle classes
  • Toddler Tadpoles
  • Water exercise classes for all
  • Teenag​e Friday Raves
  • Free electric barbecue facilities
  • Lane swimming
  • Inflatables
  • Rope swing
  • Rehabilitation

More details on our swim programmes can be found here.

This pool complex was largely paid for by ratepayers through Council. However, some $280,000.00 of the total cost of $2.4 million was funded by community fundraising.

There are a number of procedures in place to ensure the pools can be enjoyed safely:

  • The entry policy and supervision standards are in accordance with: Pool Safe, ACC Think Safe, Water Safety NZ and the Recreation Association of NZ
  • Chemical Handling Procedures from ORICA, a chemical supplier, are strictly adhered to
  • All other policies and procedures have been reviewed and adopted internally. These include an evacuation procedure, behaviour policy, opening/closing procedure, cash handling procedures and health and safety guidelines.

The Pools team are fortunate to have a defibrillator on site for emergencies. This was kindly donated by Lions. Defibrillation is the treatment of life-threatening cardiac dysrhythmias, specifically ventricular fibrillation (VF) and non-perfusing ventricular tachycardia (VT). The device delivers a dose of electric current (often called a countershock) to the heart.

Opening Hours:

  • Weekdays: 5.30am - 8.00pm
  • Weekends and Public Holidays: 7.30am - 8.00pm
  • Closed: Christmas Day, Good Friday. Opens at 12noon on New Year's Day and Anzac Day


 Phone: 07 885 0739

The Solar Heating System

If you’re a regular at the South Waikato Indoor Pools, you may like to know that the shower you take after your swim is solar heated.  The solar panels which are visible on the roof of the Indoor Pool complex, heat two separate systems, the two family changing rooms and the main male and female changing block.

“In 2007 EECA (Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority) provided a 50% subsidy towards a feasibility study to establish the economic benefit of installing solar panels,” said James Piddock, Council’s Environmental Monitoring Officer.  “The feasibility project showed positive results, so Council progressed the initiative, installing the solar panels in December 2008.  Council’s portion of the total cost was only $13,000, thanks to a $12,000 grant from EECA.”

The feasibility study showed that electricity savings will see Council’s portion of the capital cost recovered within six and a half years.

In New Zealand, solar radiation is an abundant energy source.  This is a first innovative step towards tapping into the sun’s energy in our homes and buildings, particularly utilising it to provide hot water.  Solar water systems have many benefits including providing reliable hot water in times of electricity shortage, lower electricity costs and increasing awareness of a renewable energy resource.

Council reminds the community that it has waived building consent fees for installing solar heating in homes.

Page reviewed: 09 Apr 2018 4:16pm